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I am a mommy of four beautiful children, and shopping for kids is SO expensive. My kids outgrow clothes before they wear out, so it is essential for me to purchase quality pieces for less money. When I had my first child I wanted everything new and perfect, but what I found is that there are so many cute outfits and they grow too fast to wear them all.
After my baby shower I washed all of his clothes, and folded them neatly in his drawer waiting for his arrival. When he was three months old, I realized that he had never worn even half of his clothes. I had washed them and taken their tags off, so I couldn’t return them. That made me wish that I had spent less money on clothing and learned how to dress him on a budget.
Learning the hard way, I thought I would share with you some of my tips and came up with 5 Ways to Dress a baby on a budget:
1.) Baby Shower Gifts
At your baby shower, have the person throwing it put something on the invitation asking your friends to gift clothing 6 months and larger. Most of my babies stayed in either onesies or sleepers until they were 6 months old. For me, I found getting them dressed in anything else was a big hassle. With my first child, this would have helped me to not have to go out and buy those 6+ month clothes right away, but rather wait for a sale to find their clothing.
2.) Hand Me Downs
Accept any and all hand me downs that you are offered. You can never have too many clothes with a baby, and what you don’t need you can always donate to someone else. Accept larger sized hand me downs as well. Larger clothing can neatly be tucked inside a bin and set aside for a few months or even years, then you don’t have to pay for it later.
3.) Birthday Parties
Skip the toys for the first birthday, and tell everyone to buy clothing instead. We usually buy our child 1 toy for their first birthday, then the rest of the family buys your baby clothing in sizes 12 – 2 T.
4.) Shop end of the season clearance.
By shopping the end of the year clearance on big ticket items, you can save a lot of money. I normally purchase snow pants, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and bathing suits during the end of the season, and save a lot of money.
5.) Don’t forget about Walmart.
Walmart has their own kids line of clothing newborn – 5T called Garanimals. Garanimals clothing is carefully designed to provide babies and kids with affordable fashion and comfort while guaranteeing quality, value, and ease of shopping to parents. They have some SUPER cute clothing at very reasonable prices. They are actually the very first place I turn to because I can get a t-shirt and pants for around $7.00, plus the satisfaction of knowing that I didn’t blow my budget!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garanimals. The opinions and text are all mine.